UNDERSTANDING MUSLIM PRAYERS WILL EASE FEAR
IN MY Dec. 15 column, the main portion of the Muslim prayers was described. They are physical, consisting of postures, movements and recitation. The worshippers try to have a sincere intention with physical and mental purity.
The phrase "Allah-o-Akbar" (God is great) is repeated at least 18 times in the morning prayer and at least 108 times in the night prayer. The phrase is to praise the greatness of God compared to our smallness in front of him. As you can see, in this context, it is a call for goodness and to show humility, quite the opposite of a call to aggressive behavior.
The second part of the prayer is Supplication, giving our will to God in true earnestness and humility.
After the physical prayer, it is customary to invoke blessings on prophet Muhammad and to glorify God.
Muslims do a great deal of supplication that is informal, asking for forgiveness, giving thanks for God's favors, praying for others, asking for help. For God says, "Call me, I will respond to you." (Quran 40:60). The response could be sooner or later, in God's time and appropriateness.
God says, "When my servants ask you (O' Muhammad) about me, I am surely near. I respond to the call of a supplication. So, let them respond to me and let them believe in me, in order that they may be righteously guided." (Quran 2:186)
Here are some typical supplications, derived from the prayers of the Prophet Muhammad...